Weldon Wayne Rogers, born August 3, 1927 in Terry County, Tx., son of Luther M. Rogers and Grace M. Jones of Brownfield, Tx., died Sept. 6, 2008 in Jasper, Ga.
Mr. Rogers served in the Quartermaster Board, QMC, Fort Lee, Va. (1946-47) and was a Plan II graduate of the University of Texas (1949). He lived in New Orleans, Houston, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Bloomington, Il. and Marietta, Ga. before moving to the Bent Tree Community in Jasper in 2000. He was a partner in R.B. Bowen & Company, Houston 1957-1960, Agency Communications director for American General Insurance Company of Oklahoma 1960-1967, director of Sales Development for State Farm Insurance Companies from 1967 to 1978 and an agency manager in metro Atlanta from 1978-1991. He retired in 1991. He held the professional designations of CPCU (1955), CLU (1965) and LOMA (1967). His publications include articles for the CPCU Journal, Rough Notes and a column in the Southwest Insurance Journal. He was President of the McLean County (Il.) Historical Society from 1973 to 1978 and the author of two family histories: Gone to Texas (1978) and Greener Pastures (1996).
Mr. Rogers traced his ancestors to England, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy via Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Helena Fuller Rogers, Jasper; daughters, Mary Caroline Mims, Marietta, Katherine Rogers Nash, Atlanta, and Laura Elizabeth Keck, Alpharetta; grandchildren, Derek M. Mims, Justin E.F. Keck, Lucille O.C. Keck and Linhua D. Nash; brother, Dewey D. Rogers, Lubbock, Tx.; and a sister, Norma R. Knittle, Midland, Tx. His first wife, Dorothy Smith Rogers, died in Atlanta on August 12, 1988.
Private services were held in Oak Grove, Denton County, Tx. Memorials may be sent to the charity of the donor?s choice. Cremation Society of the South in Marietta, Ga. in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Stanley Earl Jackson (Big Daddy), age 52 of Jasper, Ga., formerly of Blairsville and Dalton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness.
Mr. Jackson was born Feb. 14, 1956 in Andrews, N.C., son of Jane Elizabeth Harden Jackson and the late Earl Landon Jackson. He was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Jackson in 1980; and his father, Earl in 1986. Mr. Jackson was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Jane Guy, Cartersville, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Jesus Barrientos, Dalton; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Heather Jackson, Rocky Face, Ga.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Yvonne (Cat) Jackson, Ellijay, Kathy and Andy Ramirez, Alabama, and Christine and Bobby Caselina, Texas; and grandchildren, Hanna, Haley, Holly, Maison (Monkey) and Adrianna. Many other relatives and friends also survive.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 13 at noon from Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Jarvis officiating. The family requests that donations be made to help with medical and funeral expenses.
Mrs. Louella Pressley, age 83 of Ball Ground, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.
Mrs. Pressley was retired from Tyson Poultry Plant and was a member of the Red Wine Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edd Pressley; son, Charlie Jake Frix; and a granddaughter, Jamie Densmore Harper.
Survivors include her sons, Lamar Pressley, Ball Ground, and Elvis Pressley, Dawsonville; daughters, Brenda West, Tammie Densmore and Joyce Gay Watkins, all of Ball Ground, and Taran Padgett, Jasper; step-daughter, Mary Ann Compton, Rockdale; and sister, Joyce Shed, Dallas. Thirty grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 16 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Barry Payne and Harold Evans and Pastors Asa Dockery and Gary Patterson officiating. Interment followed in Macedonia Memorial Park.
Mr. Clyde V. Bagwell, age 94 of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday Sept. 9, 2008.
Mr. Bagwell was born on Feb. 14, 1914 in Forsyth Co. Ga. He was retired from the US Army serving 21 years. He also retired from Georgia Marble Company. His wife, Lois McJunkins Bagwell, preceded him in death.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Donny Holmes, Ranger, and Diane and Jim Stone, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Jana Bagwell, Buffalo, N.Y.
Eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and brother, Hubert Bagwell, Jasper
The funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jasper with the Revs. Ben Langley, Ben Mock and Tony Ramirez officiating. Music was by Eric Tippens, Sam and David Holmes and Allison Holmes-Adams. Pallbearers were: David and Sam Holmes, Josh Williams, Billy and Jeff Bagwell, Donnie Holmes, George Bagwell and Jim Stone. Interment was in the Yukon Cemetery with Military Rites performed by the US Army. Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Lawrence Edward ?Ed? Smith, age 68 of Newnan, Ga., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. due to complications resulting from a heart transplant.
He was born in Toccoa, Ga. on Dec. 28, 1939 to the late Homer and Ruby Smith. After the death of his parents, he was raised by his aunt and uncle, the late Myrtie and Dean Hayes of Calhoun, Ga.
Ed started his dedication to service by becoming an Eagle Scout and serving in the United States Coast Guard. He was a graduate of Calhoun High School and the University of Georgia. He also attended the University of Georgia Law School.
Ed was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newnan and he was a past member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta, Ga. where he served as deacon. Ed was also a member and past president of the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Newnan.
Ed started his career with the Better Business Bureau in 1967. Ed served as president and CEO of the Atlanta Better Business Bureau from 1977 until his retirement in 2002. During his career with the Better Business Bureau, Ed served in various leadership positions within the national Council of Better Business Bureaus organization. He served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in varying intervals beginning in 1984 and continuing until his retirement. Ed received the Meritorious Service Award from the Bureau Operations Committee of the Council of Better Business Bureaus for exceptional service in 1995. He was a member of the Better Business Bureau?s 25 Year Club and was inducted into the Better Business Bureau Hall of Fame in 2005. Throughout his life, Ed was active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta from 1985 to 1994 and the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Myra Sherard; two sons, Dean Edward, and his wife Janice of Newnan and David Bryan and his wife Allison of Louisville, Ky.. ; his four grandchildren: Caitlin, Bronson, Bryan and Ansley; and sister, Doris Carter, Jasper, Ga. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 from the First Baptist Church of Newnan by Rev. Jimmy Patterson and Rev. L.C. Lane. Following the memorial service, burial was at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga. Ed enjoyed traveling, his grandchildren and University of Georgia Football. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the scholarship funds at the First Baptist Church of Newnan. McKoon Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Patricia ?Pat? Davis, age 37 of Jasper, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.
Ms. Davis was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church. She was a cosmetologist, singer, musician and entrepreneur.
Survivors include her daughter, Lauren Teague, Jasper; son, Cole Nelson, Canton; mother, Shirley C. Davis, Newborn; brothers, Kevin Davis, White, Joseph and John Davis, both of Newborn; sisters, Vickie Davis, Canton, and Kaye Ghorley, Acworth; and grandmother, Mary Agnes Davis, Covington.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Randy Cloer officiating. Interment followed in Newborn Memorial Cemetery in Newborn, Ga. Contributions may be made to the Pat Davis Memorial Fund, 191 Jarvis St., Canton, Ga. 30114.
Mrs. Norma Thompson Johnston, age 85 of Canton, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2008.
Mrs. Johnston was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Canton and a life member of the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Johnston; and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Jane Johnston.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mike (Mary Ann) Johnston, Rocky Face; daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne (Jimmy) Jones, Jasper, and Dena (Don) Keeter, Canton; grandchildren, Tommary (Scott) Ehlers, Michael (Dawn) Johnston, Meredith (Dan) Simmons, Jim (Amanda) Jones, Taryn (Ricky) Goble, Stephanie (Bill) Hall, Wendy (John) Soulimiotis, Julie Hall and Kathie Jones; brother and sister-in-law, George (Faye) Thompson, Blairsville; brother- and sister-in-law, J.B. and Kate Johnston, Canton. Sixteen great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Nathan Brandon officiating. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Johnston to the Riverview Cemetery Association or to the First Baptist Church, Canton, Building Fund.